A 20-year-old British youth, charged for the cold-blooded murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve, shocked everyone on Monday by calling himself a “psycho” in court before being remanded in custody.
Stapleton was remanded in custody for 24 hours at the City of Manchester Magistrates Court. There was no application for bail and the case has now been sent to the Manchester Crown Court.
Wearing a grey T-shirt and trousers, Stapleton was brought in handcuffs into a court room packed with reporters. Asked to confirm his name and address as per normal procedure in court, the suspect said his name was “Psycho. Psycho Stapleton”.
Bidve, a 23-year-old student of Lancaster University, was shot dead on a Salford street on Boxing Day.
Meanwhile, Bidve’s friends, local leaders and residents attended a candle-light vigil in his memory at the spot in Salford where he was killed.
A similar vigil was also arranged outside the British High Commission in New Delhi on Monday. Bidve, 23, who was a postgraduate student at Lancaster University, died from a single gunshot wound.
India happy with British govt’s action
India is satisfied with the prompt action taken by the British authorities against the culprits involved in the murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve in Manchester.
Official sources in New Delhi said the issue figured when British High Commissioner designate to India James Bevan met Union Home Secretary R K Singh here on Monday.
Bevan informed Singh that so far five arrests have been made in connection with the incident and every effort was being made to take the case into its logical conclusion.